well, I assume you are setting up the swap drive, in my opinion you could use something a little more...easy, what you are attempting is well...suicide, why don't you give xubuntu a try, it's small and works wonders with old hardware, I run it fine on a 700mhz cpu and 128 mb of ram on my trusty old 3490CT. I know it's not really solving the problem but you should use something to get running linux first so you can learn about these things and then resort to the harder distros later.
I have never tried puppy linux before, perhaps I should check it out. And yes the rest of ur data should be fine but if you are not sure what ur doing and you value the data I really recommend you first check what you are doing with someone else, or my good friend googly.
-Sorry for the late reply
p.s. the error referencing to hd5 five is what it likes to refere to the swap drive as so I think it could be a problem with the way you are setting up the swap drive, also please note if you are using a floppy to boot you need to get ur bios to boot from the floppy, in the boot priorities section
Last edited by thomas-linuxing; 08-08-2006 at 07:20 PM.